SKIPPACK TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Five police officers were injured in an accident during a training exercise at a Montgomery County jail Thursday morning.
The accident behind the SCI Phoenix prison in Skippack Township happened just before 10 a.m. The training session was conducted by the FBI’s Philadelphia field office and participants included representatives from several states, counties and local law enforcement agencies.
According to authorities, three members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, a Pennsylvania State Police officer and a Philadelphia FBI agent were injured when an IED went off.
Corporal Ryan Volk, a 14-year veteran of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, was flown to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. As of Friday afternoon, he remains in the hospital.
“Pretty much our entire office has been with him since that time,” said Sean Kilkenny, Montgomery County Sheriff.
Two other members of the Montgomery County Bomb Squad, Corporal Tim Metz and Corporal Andrew Noto, were also injured when a bomb placed in a vehicle for training purposes exploded prematurely.
Metz and Noto were treated at Paoli Hospital and released.
“Last night, Metz, Noto and those on the ground who helped evacuate these MPs was an emotional night. We had consultants there. This will be a healing process over time,” Sheriff Kilkenny said.
A bomb technician from the FBI Philadelphia was also treated for injuries and released, and a Pennsylvania state police officer remains hospitalized.
“This training is inherently dangerous,” said Scott Sweetow.
Sweetow joined us after training bomb squads in Aman, Jordan. After joining the ATF, Sweetow was acting director of the FBI’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is currently President of S3 Global Consulting, an anti-terrorism firm
Sweetow stressed that understanding what went wrong during this training exercise is of paramount importance.
“It’s really important to find out why this happened because training is important to national security,” Sweetow said.
The FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the accident.
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